In losing nine of their last ten the Dallas Stars have surrendered an average of 3.9 goals per game while scoring barely 2. Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild they turned both of those trends upside down with a dominating 4-0 performance and the full two points.

The theory was that the Stars needed their best players (Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Kari Lehtonen) to pull them out of this funk with stellar performances.

Funnily enough of that none of that happened this evening.

Kari Lehtonen faced just three first-period shots and only 18 in all, and the Stars got goals from Jordie Benn, Vernon Fiddler, Ray Whitney, and Erik Cole in cruising to the big win.

It was the defensive soundness of the squad in its entirety that frustrated Minnesota, rather than individual efforts, not to mention nine minor penalties drawn that kept them off the offensive, and Lehtonen saw very nearly nothing in the way of grade-a quality chances against.